Posted on December 20, 2018

Education Above All (EAA) Foundation’s programme Reach Out To Asia (ROTA)yet again succeeded in taking its voyage further towards Indonesia, byrecently coordinating a student volunteer trip from 14 to 22 December2018, in collaboration with the College of North Atlantic -Qatar (CNA–Q) and Titian Foundation Indonesia.

During the trip, a group of 20 students and 3 staff from CNA-Qtravelled with ROTA staff to the SMK1 Ngawen Technical School in theKlaten district of Yogyakarta to facilitate various technical vocationalworkshops over a five-day service learningprogram. The workshops focused on relevant speciality areas of CNA-Q students that added value to the curricula of local students with topics including Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Personal Development, Safety & Security and Health & Nutrition.

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In addition, student volunteers also participated in a range of cultural and team-building activities in order to better understand thepeople, culture and environment of Indonesia. ROTA’s Volunteer Program has been conducting International Volunteer Trips since 2006. Through trips to Pakistan, Cambodia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Tunisia and Indonesia, the Volunteer Program has sought to create a movement of volunteers and responsible global citizens within Qatar that actively carry out initiatives to make a positive impact on the lives of communities across Asia.

Talking about the incredible initiative, Mohammed Al-Saleh, ROTA National Programs Director, said: “ROTA’s International Volunteer Trips provide so many opportunities for volunteers and local beneficiaries alike to enjoy some really profound experiences wherein they learn more about others through cross-cultural exchange and interpersonal communication as well as learn about themselves through reflection and improved self-awareness. Importantly, these young ROTA Volunteers also act as ambassadors for Qatar, which is a responsibility they embrace and take very seriously. They were particularly happy to demonstrate their patriotism and pride for Qatar during this trip on National Day which they celebrated in Indonesia with local students by sharing the culture, history and souvenirs of their homeland.”

Since 2006, ROTA has successfully implemented 37 international volunteer trips aimed at providing opportunities for volunteers to add value to projects while also learning about development challenges and how education addresses them. Volunteers have included high school students, university students and adults while trips typically last from 7-10 days and combine voluntary service with experiential learning opportunities, cross cultural exchanges and leadership training.

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ROTA-EAA’s Volunteer Program aims to promote a culture of volunteerism in Qatar, create a link between ROTA-EAA’s national and international initiatives, and build the capacity of volunteers and beneficiaries by engaging in meaningful service, cross cultural exchange and skills transfer.